Peta Clancy is a Visual Artist and Fine Art Lecturer at Monash University's Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture where she completed a practice based PhD in 2009. In 2015 she has been named one of ‘The 10 Best Australian Photographers You Should Know’ on ‘Culture Trip’ as well as being shortlisted for the 2015 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize at Monash Gallery of Art.
Between 2009-2013 Clancy collaborated with artist Helen Pynor on the project ‘The Body is a Big Place’ which explored organ transplantation and the ambiguous thresholds between life and death. The project has been exhibited widely including at Performance Space, Sydney; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Russia; Science Gallery Dublin; OK Center for Contemporary Art, Austria; and Galerija Kapelica, Slovenia. In 2012 Peta and Helen were awarded an Australian Network for Art and Technology Synapse Art/Science Residency Grant to undertake a 4-month residency at the Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney working with Dr Kumud Dhital.
Clancy's solo practice focuses predominantly on photography, however she veers away from the two-dimensional limitations to embrace photography’s expanded field, with interventions such as piercing, crumpling, creasing and embedding her photographs in wax. Her selected solo exhibitions have been included at Linden New Art, Melbourne (2015); Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney (2009 & 2007); Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2007); Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, UK (2005); Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces (2001); Gertrude Contemporary (1997); and Centre for Contemporary Photography (1995). Clancy’s artwork has been published in ‘Art in the Age of Technoscience: Genetic Engineering, Robotics, and Artificial Life in Contemporary Art’ by Ingeborg Reichle and ‘Look: Contemporary Australian Photography Since 1980’ by Anne Marsh. Articles about her work have featured in the contemporary art journals: Artlink, Eyeline, Photofile, RealTime and a front cover article in Australian Art Collector (2007). She had undertaken residencies at Performance Space, Sydney; SymbioticA, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Western Australia; Sydney College of the Arts; Lung Transplant Service, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne; Australia Council for the Arts London Studio; and Cell and Gene Therapy Laboratory, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.